When I relaunched this blog nine months ago, I promised to write about life as an independent consultant. I know there are others here who’ve chosen the same crazy path - and I know there are young people reading who are considering it. I haven’t done a very good job of writing about this so far as I’ve felt some conflict. Frankly, sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s...
That said, this week has been one of the better ones. It’s been a mix of rat-a-tat-tat unexpectedly good meetings, contract reviews (love the plural there), comfortable travel (yes, I really said that) for a keynote with an unusually warm company, and then back to Boston for a stimulating day spent with a “collaborative learning community of business leaders and [university-affiliation deleted] researchers.”
I was pretty tired when I went into my study last night to shut down my machine, but took that last look at the old inbox. There I found this note from a client (posted with permission) that makes the tired worth it. Young 'uns: if you choose this path, don’t expect to receive this kind of feedback all the time - and I realize this may appear self-serving - but read the final sentence and tell me whether you feel as I do: that this is how we all want “work” to feel:
On the plane last night, I was reflecting on what a wonderful feeling it was yesterday - exhilarated exhaustion - after our very successful conference. The excellent program you facilitated for our team will undoubtedly be a big part of the satisfaction ratings I am confident we will receive. I was especially impressed with the really effective - and relevant - combination of practical, pragmatic tips and powerful philosophy to guide how we build and sustain our organizational teams. As you so aptly inferred from observing us in action, we are an organization that deeply believes in the importance of achieving great results AND in achieving those results through means that reinforce and build our culture. We have so much capital in the minds and hearts of our dedicated colleagues, and your work yesterday is already helping us to better cultivate that valued resource in service to our customers.
On a more personal note, I have so enjoyed our collaboration and greatly look forward to future opportunities...Thanks again for the lovely experience of working with you. Somehow, it makes the word 'work' quite inappropriate, and that is about as good as it can get!